In ‘PARADISE: Faith’ Ulrich Seidle explores what it means to bear the cross. For Anna Maria, an X-ray technician, paradise lies with Jesus. She devotes her vacation to missionary work, so that Austria may be brought back to the path of virtue. On her daily pilgrimage through Vienna, she goes from door to door, carrying a foot high statue of the Virgin Mary. One day, after years of absence, her husband, an Egyptian Muslim confined to a whellchair, comes home. Hymns and prayers are now joined by fighting. ‘PARADISE: Faith’ recounts the stations of the cross of a marriage and the longing for love.
Certificate: 18 Distributor: Soda Pictures
Dir. Ulrich Seidl, Austria | Germany | France, 2013, 113 min, German | Arabic
Cast Maria Hofstätter, Nabil Saleh, Natalya Baranova